The Conservation Trust for Florida protects rural and wild Florida landscapes. We achieve this by facilitating conservation easements and real estate purchases. We work only with willing landowners, and we leverage our work through partnerships with private organizations and state and federal agencies.
Many landowners have a deep connection to their land, and they want to protect areas with high conservation value for their families and for future generations.
Over the next five years we will engage willing sellers of private land in critical conservation areas of the state. We will work to connect conservation and private lands to protect Florida’s diverse wildlife, agricultural heritage, outdoor recreation opportunities and quality of life.
Our natural areas, farms, and ranchlands are under stress from encroaching development and overuse. Conserving the rural and natural areas of Florida is essential to the long-term health and prosperity of our region’s wildlife, people, and communities.
Strategies for Conservation
Please call us at 352-376-4770 if you own land that you believe has high conservation value that you would like to protect for future generations. Our land conservation experts can guide you to the right solution for your property and your unique situation.
We work to protect land through less-than-fee (conservation easements) and full fee acquisition. Three common options are briefly described below.
Land Acquisition Programs
There are a range of federal, state and, local programs that can purchase conservation easements or buy land outright. These programs were established to protect watersheds and agricultural heritage, as well as threatened or endangered plant and animal species.
A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of the land to protect its conservation values. Easements may be sold or donated, and each is tailored specifically to the individual landowner and the landowner’s family. We have significant experience in helping landowners navigate the easement process.
Donating land or a conservation easement for conservation purposes is truly one of the finest legacies a person can leave to future generations. Donating can provide substantial income tax deductions and estate tax benefits (while avoiding any capital gains taxes that would have resulted from selling the property). Our staff have facilitated numerous donations throughout the state.